Love food? Want to discover the history, evolution, science and art of food? Bompas & Parr’s latest project, The British Museum of Food, will bring you all of that. This is one museum that promises not to bore…
New for October and running for three months, The British Museum of Food is curated by Bompas & Parr and aims to showcase the most exciting elements of food, as well as change people’s perceptions of what they eat. Explore interactive and innovative exhibitions that will highlight nutrition and food’s role in culture.
Atelier of Flavour
Spread around the museum, you’ll find unusual artworks of food: from highly detailed, close-up views, to sculptures that’ll make your mouth water.
Be The Bolus: the Peristalsis Experience
Ever thought of how the food gets around the body once you’ve eaten? Take an immersive cinematic journey through the body, following the path of food from the mouth, into the stomach and intestines. Using technology from modern medicine, Bompas & Parr have used the footage from a surgical pill-cam to give you an intimate dining experience.
Chocolate addicts, be part of an important research project here! In this room grab a piece of chocolate and experience the taste through different soundscapes. This experiment will explore how chocolate really impacts our lives.
The Butterfly Effect
Much of what we eat is affected by pollination, particularly bees. Did you know that other animals, including butterflies, also contribute to the food chain through pollination and are as much under threat as bees are? The BMOF celebrates these pollinators with a beautiful walk-through experience in a tropical butterfly space that will evoke key messages about the balance and protection of different habitats.
The British Menu Archive
How understated is the menu in everyday dining? Once used, it’s binned and forgotten. Not here though, the menu will be put on a pedestal, as viewers delve into an archive full of historic and contemporary menus, exploring global food and drink trends. Get your cameras ready for instagraming and #foodporn.
Bompas & Parr | The British Museum of Food | www.bmof.org | Opening October 23.
Tickets: £5 for adults and £4 for children
Opening hours: Wednesday to Friday 12pm-6pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 10am-5pm
One Cathedral Street | Borough Market SE1 9DE